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Suspects found in the Burning of Churches in Alabama

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posted on Mar, 8 2006 @ 01:01 PM
Ben Moseley, Russell Debusk, both 19 and students at Birmingham Southern College are being suspected of burning 10 churches in Alabama. A third suspect is Matthew Lee Cloyd a student at University of Alabama at Birmingham.

(CNN) -- Three people have been arrested in connection with 10 church fires in Alabama last month, officials said Wednesday

Good police work broke the case with the help of a set of tire tracks from a green Toyota 4Runner left at four fire scenes, Montgomery said.

U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Alabama, said law enforcement officers spent hundreds of hours tracking the tire tread -- which was not from a commonly used tire -- and finally traced it to a tire dealer in Shelby County, Alabama.

The dealer told authorities he had recently special-ordered the tires for a customer, Bachus said, and directed them to the owner of the vehicle, apparently Cloyd. Authorities spoke with him, and he gave them information on the other two suspects, but it was not clear why Cloyd was not arrested at the time.

The churches were hit between February 3rd & 11th.

Five of them were white congregations, and the other five were mostly black. All were Baptist, which is dominant in the area in the small rural area.

posted on Mar, 8 2006 @ 02:43 PM
They fit the profile, certainly, of the suspects most people assumed were behind the attacks. It didn't seem to be racially motivated, or even religiously motivated to any great degree.

Some folks were being absolutely retarded, claiming radical muslim terrorists were to blame.

Others fell back on the old stand-by, thinking it was some Neo-Nazis or extreme white power Christians.

Seems to me most people had the right idea early though, that this was a couple of bored college students. In a statement, I think they claimed their motive was humor. It was just a really funny joke.

Buncha twits.

posted on Mar, 8 2006 @ 03:05 PM
Yeah this really has to be viewed as a win.

Suspects are in custody, linked very well to the crime scenes via the tire tracks.. and its proven to the public that these were not racially motivated hate crimes. If it had of come out that these were racially driven, with all the news ongoing these days, it would of been gasoline on the fire.

Bad analogy.

Another senceless crime though. I don't get why people risk having to do time, for a crime where their is no benefit. If a guy robs a bank, he has the possibility of living a luxurious life. By burning a church, where do you prosper?

Not to say that a crime to turn your life around is acceptable, but atleast you understand the reasoning behind the actions.


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